How to Stay Organized and Avoid Holiday Stress
The holiday season brings people together and fills their soul with joy. Unfortunately, it’s also a source of holiday stress, especially if you’re the party host. From cleaning and cooking to staying in shape, you have a lot on your plate.
Considering these things, it’s no wonder why up to 45 percent of American adults would prefer to skip Christmas due to the holiday stress they feel. About 51 percent are worried about gifts. More than 69 percent are stressed out about money. Women are more likely to feel stressed since they take charge of the tasks related to meal prep and home decorations.
With a little planning, you can stay organized and reduce holiday stress. It’s all about the small details. Here are some tips to help you out:
Get Everyone Involved
Holiday planning can be a family affair. It’s something that should involve everyone in the family. Don’t be afraid to ask your partner and kids to help.
Make a list of tasks and assign them to your loved ones. Let them know how much you would appreciate their help. If there’s something you can’t do, just say No. After all, the holidays are supposed to be a time of joy, not a burden.
Husbands usually enjoy hanging Christmas light and the outdoor decor. Depending on the climate you live in, Maybe suggest hanging your lights in late fall before the snow starts to fly.
Children can help with Preparing the house for decorating time. Let them dust, sweep and clean up their toys in order to decorate for the holidays.
There usually is lot of planning that goes into the holiday meal & baking. Set aside a day a week or two before the holidays to do the baking with the kids. Most recipes for holiday cookies and squares can be frozen.
Come up with a plan and stick to it. Set aside specific days for cooking, shopping, and meeting friends. Be realistic about what you can and can’t do.
Don’t expect everything to be perfect. The whole point is to have fun and spend quality time with your loved ones, not to stress over the small things.
Many of us have full-time careers and don’t have much time off for the Christmas break. If you have a large family or extended family. Suggest maybe celebrating a few weeks before or after Christmas day and save Christmas day for an immediate family. So much time is spent traveling and then you feel rushed to get on to the next visit.
This can be tiring but also bring about frustration for small children and in turn, can raise the stress level of parents when their children don’t behave so set realistic expectations of what both your children and yourself can handle over the holidays
For most people, exercise comes last on their list during the holiday season. Yet, it’s a great way to ward off stress and lift your mood. According to science, physical activity raises dopamine and endorphin levels in the brain, leading to greater energy, alertness, and mental focus.
Make time for exercise, whether it’s jogging, brisk walking, or Pilates. Split your workouts into mini sessions throughout the day. This way, you’ll have a better mood and prevent holiday weight gain.
Set a Spending budget
Financial stress is a big one over the holidays. Along with the holiday shopping is the boxing week sales for all the goodies you didn’t get from Santa.
Making a list for everyone who you would like to purchase a gift for. Don’t forget teachers, Mail delivery people, Clients, and additional donations you may make to your community during this time.
Assigning a dollar value to each person. and sticking with your budget is important. Also, don’t forget to cross that person off your list when you have made a purchase. This will save you from buying double for that person and overspending on your budget.
Create New Traditions
Sometimes traditions your grandparents or parents have done are just worn out. They feel more like work than they are enjoyable. This is a time of Joy and happiness, If an old tradition doesn’t bring you a good happy feeling, maybe its time to spice things up. Creating new Traditions can be carefree, fun and may fit better into your schedule.
Boost Your Immune System
There is nothing worse than having the flu over Christmas. Make sure you are getting a regular nights sleep, Eating healthy and not skipping meals. Continue taking your vitamins and supplements and wash your hands regularly. If you do start to feel under the weather.